Section 94 Contributions
Sharing the Cost of Facilities and Services
Since 1979, the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act has allowed councils in New South Wales to charge developers a contribution towards the cost of providing local services and facilities which are required as a result of new development. The levy ensures that new development contributes to the cost of providing new facilities and services, or maintaining a level of services in the Shire.
At the end of the 2006/07 financial year, Council had collected about $76 million under these plans and spent, or committed, about $64 million on a wide range of community services and facilities such as the Somerville Childcare Centre and Park, civic improvements to the Hornsby Mall, Fagan Park, The Brickpit Sports Stadium and extensions to the Pennant Hills Library.
Current Section 94 Development Contributions Plan
- Section 94 Contributions Plan 2007-2011 - 3.3MB
- Section 94 Contributions Plan 2007-2011 - Schedule and Appendices - 4.9MB
- Section 94 Contribution Rates 2007-2012 - 1 January - 31 March 2012 - 11kb
- Section 94 Contribution Rates 2007-2012 - 1 April - 30 June 2012 - 17kb
- Section 94 Contribution Rates 2007-2012 - 1 July - 30 September 2012 - 8kb
- Section 94 Contribution Rates 2007-2012 - 01 October - 31 December 2012 - 10kb
- Section 94 Contribution Rates 2007-2012 - 01 January - 31 March 2013 - 14kb
- Section 94 Contributions Rates Applicable 1 April to 30 June 2013 - 11kb
- Draft Section 94 and Section 94A Plans on exhibition
Older Development Contributions Plans are available at the bottom of the page.
For more information see Section 94 Contributions FAQ Brochure - 1.5MB.
For records of S94 contributions paid to Council, see Contribution Registers
Policy on Planning Agreements
In 2005 the State Government made changes to the laws governing contributions made by developers towards the provision of new, or augmentation of existing, community facilities and services. The changes now provide local government with choices on how it can levy the contributions. One of those choices is through planning agreements.
Council has adopted a policy on planning agreements. The policy enables Council to enter into a voluntary agreement with a developer to make development contributions for a public purpose. These contributions may be instead of, or in conjunction with, section 94 development contributions. Any agreement Council proposes to enter into, and the public purposes to be funded or provided, will be exhibited for public comment.
Voluntary Planning Agreements
Voluntary Planning Agreements are contractual agreements between planning authorities (such as Council) and developers. In these agreements developers commit to contribute funds towards public projects which are demonstrated to be in the public interest.
Past agreements are listed below:
- DA/1470/2009 - 39 Hannah Street, Beecroft - VPA - $20,000 - offset for endangered native vegetation removal
- DA/567/2010 - 5 Maroota Way, Beecroft - VPA - $9,450 - offset for endangered native vegetation removal